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Short Staffing: Legal Risks & Implications for Nursing Practice
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Do you as a nurse/clinician ever feel overwhelmed by your workload? 
Has short staffing and increased workload ever negatively impacted your nursing/clinical practice, exposing you to legal risk? 
The current and projected nursing shortage and short staffing rates present a continuing and long-term problem for all levels of nursing professionals. Despite the prior knowledge of nursing shortage projections, the COVID-19 pandemic only aggravated staffing complications. Aside from negatively impacting the health and well-being of nurses, short staffing can also expose nursing professionals to increased legal risk.  
Take a look at how staffing shortages and increased workload can place your nursing practice at legal risk and identify ways to improve and prevent yourself from landing in the courtroom. 

Deborah Ward, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, LNC
Deborah Ward, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, LNC, is a nurse practitioner with extensive experience and expertise in both the clinical and legal arenas. Her expertise as a nurse practitioner and legal nurse consultant continues to facilitate bridging the gap between the medical and legal sectors through detailed analysis, support, and education. As a legal nurse consultant, Deborah provides full case development services for her legal clients, both plaintiff and defense, for a wide range of medical related cases. Her background as a nurse practitioner brings a unique and progressive approach to case development for her legal clients. Deborah is also an enthusiastic and passionate educator providing programs and presentations focusing on improving patient care and the health of our communities.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Deborah Ward maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Boulder Crest Foundation Boundless Leadership LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Deborah Ward is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.

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